Kuwait outlines plan for return of domestic workers – Cabinet

– Kuwait’s cabinet ministers have put in place an intricate plan to bring back the country’s domestic workers, whose livelihoods were upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

Amid an extraordinary meeting held via video link on Thursday, chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Cabinet approved the “urgent completion” of a two-phased approach that would set in motion the return of domestic workers from abroad, as outlined by Kuwait’s aviation regulator chief Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah.

In line with established health protocols, all domestic workers are required to self isolate for a 15-day period at a designated quarantine facility upon their return to the country, he emphasized, revealing that the first part of the plan deals with travel procedures mandating a domestic worker’s sponsor to submit a request online for the return of the servant in question.

The remainder of the plan relates to the financial expenses needed to facilitate the return of the domestic worker, which include costs for food, transportation and accommodation, he explained.

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Health Minister Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah updated the Cabinet on the coronavirus pandemic, pointing out that some 56.2 million people had contracted the virus globally, while more than 1,349,000 have died.

In terms of local statistics, the minister alluded to an uptick in COVID-19 related-deaths, adding that the number of intensive care patients hospitalized with the virus has stabilized.

The Cabinet has also agreed, pending His Highness the Amir’s approval, to assign retired Lieutenant General Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as deputy chief of Kuwait’s National Guard.

Source: Kuwait News Agency